The Attack of the Saucer People (1981)

Not long ago, I reviewed Specimens (1982), one of the best of the films made by Irish amateur filmmaker, Roy Spence, who works out of the cinema he owns in Comer, County Down.  He’s made over forty films over his fifty year career, and you can find all of them in The Irish Film Archive. You […]

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Creepies (2004)

After watching the outrageous and deliberately old school Rat Scratch Fever (2011), I’ll confess that I found myself wondering whether any of its director, Jeff Leroy’s other films had achieved that same blissful level of absurdity.  I’d seen his later film, Giantess Attack (2017), which had much of the same goofy, old school, retro feel, as […]

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Atlantis (1991)

What exactly makes someone a cult filmmaker? Let’s face it, the whole question of what makes a film a cult film is poorly defined — and I really don’t see that it is possible to come up with a really good definition.  After all, I’ve seen the label slapped on a lot of filmmakers and […]

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Nightmare Weekend (1986)

There are some movies where it comes as no surprise that Troma films decided to distribute the film, even though they didn’t actually make it. I mean who else in their more or less right state of mind would ever decide to distribute a film like Nightmare Weekend? I’m not sure there is any right […]

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Midnight Science (2021)

Oh, wow. This is an insanely great little film.  Why in the world haven’t I heard of this one before? Somehow it manages to combine the Y2K “virus,” Frankenstein level mad science, brain downloads, and the digital end of the world (in the year 2000) with… Eight bit videogames? It’s also a bit hard to […]

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Rat Scratch Fever (2011)

I loved this one. Wow, I didn’t expect. that. Now there is something here that I need to point out right from the start.  After all, I know a lot of you out there don’t get it.  They look at a film like this and immediately start complaining about the effects.  All I can say […]

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Video Wars (1983)

The things I get myself into… Okay, anytime you try some long-lost film, you know the odds.  Most films made by someone you never heard of, in a city without a major film industry are going to be terrible, or worse.  We know that. And, yes, M. Night Shyamalan managed to do his best work […]

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Replikator (1994)

Look, I know there were a lot of these. After all, the video market had created a huge demand for new science fiction movies, and as a result you didn’t have to look too far to find a cyberpunk action movie at your local Mom and Pop video rental place.  There must have been dozens […]

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The Big Hurt (1986)

One of the elements of the so-called “Ozploitation” era of Australian cinema that has always seemed the strangest to me is how many talented directors made a few, highly regarded films but never went on to make much of anything else.  A few of them bogged down in television, turning out episodes of TV shows, […]

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